Case Studies Pediatric Radial Deformity

Pediatric radial deformity

Case Study
  • Orthopedics

The Case

A 14-year-old patient presented at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children with a radial deformity, which was the result of a prior failed osteotomy. When traditional 2D imaging proved unsuccessful in providing insights on the condition of the radial physis, the surgeon requested a 3D printed model from Axial3D.


A 3D model of the patient's anatomy, including Medial to distal radius and Ulna, carpals and metacarpals was printed from CT scans, and with the surgeon within 48 hours of placing the order.

Benefits of using the 3D Model

Having access to the physical 3D anatomical model enabled the surgeon to get a better understanding of the radial deformity, improved diagnosis of the patient, and ultimately led to a decision not to proceed with the operation as initially planned.

“The 3D printed model gave me a much better conceptual understanding of the whole radial deformity and bone stock on the patient forearm following plate removal. The physical model of the radial head in particular was very useful in assessing the condition of radial physis that was not possible on the 2D radiographs.”

– Mrs. Elaine Robinson, Consultant Pediatric Orthopedic Surgeon, Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children

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